PlayStation Vita 1.6 update brings maps and video-recording

Latest update brings new features to handheld

Sony's latest update for the gaming handheld will have the greatest impact on the 3G version with maps essentially offering an alternative to your smartphone

Sony's 1.6 update for the PlayStation Vita has brought two new features with a maps app and video-recording now availble for the handheld console which will be landing soon in the UK.

The maps application appears to be essentially the same version of Google maps found on both the iPhone and on Android smartphones and will offer all the same features including route information and traffic updates.

Next up is the ability to now shoot video, video will be shot in the same resolution as the camera, so it won't be 720p instead running at 640x480.

Sony PS Vita Specs

he screen itself has a resolution of 960x554 pixels, and the handheld also features SixAxis control, letting players tilt the Vita from side to side, forwards and backwards and turn it like a steering wheel.

Under the hood, the Vita packs an ARM Cortex A9 processor, which is the same technology as used in the Samsung Galaxy S2, the Nvidia Tegra 2 graphics chips and the Apple A5 processor found in the iPad 2.

The PlayStation Vita will be available in WiFi and 3G models, presumably to allow for gaming on the go and social networking, both of which we expect to make use of the Vita's front and rear-facing cameras.

The PS Vita is said to be landing in the UK on the 22 February and it has already been confirmed that the 3G version will be available exclusive to Vodafone.

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Source: Sony